PhD researcher or student information
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Degrees BA: Law
International and European Law
International Relations: International Humanitarian Action
PhD Research Information
Brief description:Τhe thesis aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the asylum procedures that are taking place at the borders of the EU Member States and examine the impact that these procedures have on the rights of those seeking international protection. The research is placed in the broader field of EU asylum law and focuses on border procedures as this is an understudied field of the Common European Asylum System albeit the impact of these procedures on the fundamental rights of asylum-seekers and the rule of law.
Methodology:The methodology that will be followed for this dissertation will be primarily doctrinal combined with literature review. This means that it will be critically approaching legal instruments, EU Legislation, the Case-Law of national, European and International courts and the legal scholarship. Moreover, it will look to other sources of optional or ‘soft’ law, and recently published studies by EU institutions and civil society actors to examine whether these documents can complement the findings of the research. It will further elaborate an empirical approach of the relevant state practice through an in-depth research at country level. For this reason, qualitative research will be developed through research visits to Greece, as it is a country where border procedures are implemented since 2016, and I can have access to the necessary documents and procedures. Also, the case of Greece is of a particular interest due to the different procedures that are taking place at the borders, though the information in the current literature is rather fragmented. The aim of the research visits will be to a. Conduct semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders working at the borders and b. The observation of the border procedures in the field at the Greek borders.
Keywords: Asylum Procedures, Asylum Procedures directive, borders, eu law, Human Rights
Language(s) of writing: English
Queen Mary University of London